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Jay Donnell

 
Birth Place:
Paterson, New Jersey
Bio:
Jay has been acting most of his life. He trained at Western Michigan Univeristy in Kalamazoo, MI majoring in their BFA Musical Theatre Performance program. After college, he moved to New York City, where he booked his first National Tour with Cameron Mackintosh's Miss Saigon. He traveled the ... (read complete bio)
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Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey

Bio:
Jay has been acting most of his life. He trained at Western Michigan Univeristy in Kalamazoo, MI majoring in their BFA Musical Theatre Performance program. After college, he moved to New York City, where he booked his first National Tour with Cameron Mackintosh's Miss Saigon. He traveled the ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [US Tour]
Revival National Tour, 2019
Performer
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere, 2019
Ensemble

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E. Faye Butler, Justin Keyes, Jay Donnell, Jarrod Spector, Timothy McCuen Piggee, and Photo

E. Faye Butler, Justin Keyes, Jay Donnell, Jarrod Spector, Timothy McCuen Piggee, and Eric Ankrim in Bruce at Seattle Rep.

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06/27/2022
JD Cullum, Jennifer Shelton, Jay Donnell and Christian Pedersen Photo

JD Cullum, Jennifer Shelton, Jay Donnell and Christian Pedersen

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06/09/2018
Bryan Porter, Heather Ayers, Jennifer Shelton and Jay Donnell Photo

Bryan Porter, Heather Ayers, Jennifer Shelton and Jay Donnell

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06/09/2018
Christian Pedersen, Heather Ayers, Jennifer Cannon, JD Cullum, Jay Donnell and Jennif Photo

Christian Pedersen, Heather Ayers, Jennifer Cannon, JD Cullum, Jay Donnell and Jennifer Shelton

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06/09/2018
Bryan Porter, Jay Donnell, Heather Ayers and Jennifer Shelton Photo

Bryan Porter, Jay Donnell, Heather Ayers and Jennifer Shelton

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06/09/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [US Tour]
Revival National Tour, 2019
Performer

  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Playhouse World Premiere, 2019
Ensemble

Jay Donnell Biography

Jay has been acting most of his life. He trained at Western Michigan Univeristy in Kalamazoo, MI majoring in their BFA Musical Theatre Performance program. After college, he moved to New York City, where he booked his first National Tour with Cameron Mackintosh's Miss Saigon. He traveled the country for nearly 2 years performing in the ensemble and covering the principle role of John.

After the road, Jay moved to Los Angeles. Since that move, he has appeared in commercial ads for Allstate Insurance, Bud Light, International products, and a t.v. series for the Discovery Channel. Recently, Jay had a supporting role in Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean for Iconoclastic Features.

Jay has been seen in critically acclaimed and L.A. Ovation Award-Winning productions at The Pasadena Playhouse, La Mirada Theatre of the Performing Arts, South Bay CLO, PCPA, San Diego Music Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Music Theatre West, Red Mountain Theatre Company, The Hollywood Bowl and more. He's had the pleasure to work with some great directors such as David Lee, Sheldon Epps, Mark Brokaw and Jason Alexander while singing and acting alongside some of the best such as Reba McEntire, Michael McKean, Wayne Brady (understudied and performed as Fred/Petruchio in "Kiss Me, Kate" at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2014), Merle Dandridge, Vanessa Williams, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Adam Pascal, Kristin Bell and many others!




Jay Donnell News

Nic Ashe, Bill Brochtrup, Tantoo Cardinal and More Will Lead THE INHERITANCE at Geffe Photo Nic Ashe, Bill Brochtrup, Tantoo Cardinal and More Will Lead THE INHERITANCE at Geffen Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jul 26, 2022

Geffen Playhouse announced the full cast for its West Coast premiere of the Stephen Daldry production of four-time Tony Award winner The Inheritance, written by Matthew López and directed by Mike Donahue.

Photo/Video: First Look At BRUCE At Seattle Rep Photo Photo/Video: First Look At BRUCE At Seattle Rep
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2022

Bruce, the new musical based on Carl Gottlieb's The Jaws Log, a novel about the making of the iconic film, officially opened on June 8 at Seattle Rep,and played its final performance June 26th. Get a first look at photos and video from the production.

BWW Review: BRUCE at The Seattle Rep Photo BWW Review: BRUCE at The Seattle Rep
by Jay Irwin - Jun 12, 2022

Dear Readers, I need to ask you a question. Have you seen the movie “Jaws”? The original and first big summer blockbuster from 1975. Read our review. 

Preston Truman Boyd, David Benoit & More Announced for World Premiere of BRUCE at Sea Photo Preston Truman Boyd, David Benoit & More Announced for World Premiere of BRUCE at Seattle Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 18, 2022

Seattle Rep today announced complete casting of its world-premiere production of Bruce, the new musical is based on Carl Gottlieb’s The Jaws Log, a novel about the making of the iconic film. Bruce will perform on the Bagley Wright stage from May 27-June 26, 2022, and will celebrate its official opening night on June 8.

Lauren Zakrin, John Battagliese & More to Take Part in BROADWAY AT THE BOURBON ROOM Photo Lauren Zakrin, John Battagliese & More to Take Part in BROADWAY AT THE BOURBON ROOM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 15, 2022

'Broadway at The Bourbon Room' is a new, monthly musical cabaret in Hollywood showcasing Broadway’s best talent and celebrating the songs, stories, and stars of Broadway. Each month will feature a different musical theme for Broadway at the Bourbon Room.

VIDEO: Watch Kyle Taylor Parker and Jay Donnell Sing RENT with the NJSO Photo VIDEO: Watch Kyle Taylor Parker and Jay Donnell Sing RENT with the NJSO
by Stage Tube - Jun 23, 2021

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicked off a virtual celebration of Pride Month, featuring works by LGBTQ+ composers and a performance of Rent's 'I'll Cover You' in collaboration with Paper Mill Playhouse.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Announces Virtual Pride Celebration Photo New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Announces Virtual Pride Celebration
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 7, 2021

The celebration features works by LGBTQ+ composers, an interview with Laura Kaminsky about her chamber opera As One, a performance of Rent’s “I’ll Cover You” in collaboration with Paper Mill Playhouse and a free Zoom event presented in partnership with SAGE, a national advocacy and services organization for LGBT elders.

Wake Up With BWW 3/11: ROCK OF AGES Reunion Concert Announced, and More! Photo Wake Up With BWW 3/11: ROCK OF AGES Reunion Concert Announced, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 11, 2021

Today's top stories: Rock of Ages reunion concert announced, Sara Bareilles delivers Waitress 'turn off your phone' message in Japanese, and more!

VIDEO: Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Constantine Maroulis and More Sing 'Seasons of Love'  Photo VIDEO: Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Constantine Maroulis and More Sing 'Seasons of Love' With Pandemic-Inspired Lyrics
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 10, 2021

A talented group of theater performers have come together virtually to perform 'Seasons of Love' with pandemic inspired lyrics, including 'Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred TikToks.'

Lythgoe Family Panto's CAROLS FOR KIDS Virtual Concert Benefits CHLA Photo Lythgoe Family Panto's CAROLS FOR KIDS Virtual Concert Benefits CHLA
by Stephi Wild - Dec 10, 2020

Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP), presents a virtual at home sing-along concert CAROLS FOR KIDS, benefiting Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), and featuring stars from a decade of Lythgoe Family productions.

Jay Donnell Videos

Photo/Video: First Look At BRUCE At Seattle Rep VideoPhoto/Video: First Look At BRUCE At Seattle Rep
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2022

Bruce, the new musical based on Carl Gottlieb's The Jaws Log, a novel about the making of the iconic film, officially opened on June 8 at Seattle Rep,and played its final performance June 26th. Get a first look at photos and video from the production.

VIDEO: Watch Kyle Taylor Parker and Jay Donnell Sing RENT with the NJSO VideoVIDEO: Watch Kyle Taylor Parker and Jay Donnell Sing RENT with the NJSO
by Stage Tube - Jun 23, 2021

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra kicked off a virtual celebration of Pride Month, featuring works by LGBTQ+ composers and a performance of Rent's 'I'll Cover You' in collaboration with Paper Mill Playhouse.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION at Paper Mill Playhouse VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Alan Henry - Feb 4, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion with book by Tony award-winner Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher). My Very Own British Invasion is produced in association with Hal Luftig, Craig Haffner and Rodney Rigby. My Very Own British Invasion will continue through Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ). Get a first look at the cast in action below!

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Paper Mill's MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Paper Mill's MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION
by Alan Henry - Jan 29, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion with book by Tony award-winner Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher). My Very Own British Invasion is produced in association with Hal Luftig, Craig Haffner and Rodney Rigby. My Very Own British Invasion will begin performances Thursday, January 31, 2019, and will continue through Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, NJ).

BWW TV: Travel Back to the 60's with a Sneak Peek of MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION at  VideoBWW TV: Travel Back to the 60's with a Sneak Peek of MY VERY OWN BRITISH INVASION at Paper Mill Playhouse!
by TV - Press Previews - Jan 21, 2019

Paper Mill Playhouse will soon present the world premiere of My Very Own British Invasion with book by Tony award-winner Rick Elice (Peter and the Starcatcher). My Very Own British Invasion is produced in association with Hal Luftig, Craig Haffner and Rodney Rigby.

VIDEO: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE at Paper Mill Playhouse VideoVIDEO: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Alan Henry - Sep 27, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros.Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes with Wayne Brady and More in Pasadena Playhouse's KISS ME, KATE
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced that Wayne Bradywill star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. Check out a sneak peek below!

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with David Shor and the Cast of the World Premiere of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
by Stage Tube - May 21, 2013

The Pasadena Playhouse, in association with David Shor Productions, presents SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE - THE MUSICAL. Single tickets are also currently on sale. Performances for the world premiere presentation will begin May 24 through June 23, with an official press opening on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse. BroadwayWorld has a behind the scenes look below.

BWW TV: Davis Gaines, Lesli Margherita & Company Reflect on MAN OF LA MANCHA at Musical Theatre West
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Feb 24, 2012

For the past several weeks, Broadway's Davis Gaines has took to the stage as Don Quixote in the Musical Theatre West production of Man of La Mancha at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts. Having received rave notices since its February 10 opening of a fourteen performance run, BWW TV's Los Angeles Correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans visited Gaines and company to reflect on the run as it prepares for closing on Sunday, February 26. Click below to check out the video!